Nigeria Air will be totally private, no government control — Hadi Sirika


Hadi Sirika, the minister of aviation, says Nigeria Air Limited, the country’s proposed national carrier, will have no government control.


Sirika said he is optimistic that when the carrier comes on board, it will run smoothly without undue government interference.


The minister spoke on Tuesday at the World Government Summit (WGS) in Dubai.


“Nigeria is situated at the centre of Africa, equidistant from all locations in the continent, 30.4 million square kilometres and very green land,” he said.


 “If Central and Eastern Africa is the belt of the continent, then Nigeria is the buckle; 200 million people and a rising middle class, the propensity to fly is high.


“Nigeria is a candidate for national carrier.


“The airline would be private, yes. Five per cent government and no government stepping right in that company, no government control, no membership of government on board. Totally private and committed.”


Sirika said the vision is possible because of President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration’s “promise and do” attitude, adding that many successful airliners “jostle for multiple frequencies and multiple landing points in Nigeria”.


“Whatever we say we will do as a government since 2015, it has happened,” he added.


“That is why, Emirates, Qatar Airways and all of them are looking to go into Nigeria at multiple frequencies and multiple landing points because Nigeria is the right place for the airline business.”


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